U.K. Stars Pull In Record $80 Million For Sport Relief Charity
Britain's annual star-studded Sport Relief fundraiser has pulled in a record $80 million for charity with the help of Emma Bunton, Kate Moss and David Walliams.
Boyband JLS, comedienne Miranda Hart and singer Emeli Sande also took part in the TV marathon on Friday, which raised $37 million more than the amount taken in 2011.
Donations poured in as viewers watched highlights including funnyman Frank Skinner tackling his fear of water to swim a length of his local pool, and Bunton, Moss and her designer pal Stella McCartney making cameos in an Absolutely Fabulous comedy sketch.
McFly drummer Harry Judd, who won U.K. TV dance contest Strictly Come Dancing, later donned an oxygen tank to perform a ballroom dance routine underwater.
JLS singer Marvin Humes also told of his heartbreak after visiting a hospital in Uganda with his bandmates, insisting, "There are so many kids in here and they're all not well. It's amazing how young they are. It's just not right."
Money pledged to Sport Relief will be used to help disadvantaged people in the U.K. and worldwide.